Outlander now has its own COVID-19 testing center

Outlander Season 5 -- Courtesy of STARZ
Outlander Season 5 -- Courtesy of STARZ /

A COVID-19 testing center has been built in the parking lot of Outlander’s studios in Cumbernauld

Outlander Season 6 filming has been delayed due to the coronavirus, but a new development will enable the production to get going soon.  They have built a new COVID-19 testing center at the studios where they shoot in Scotland.

The whole filming process has had to adapt to the pandemic.  Masks must be worn whenever possible; cast and crew must form a bubble, and regular testing must be performed.

According to the Daily Record, Outlander execs spent over £150,000 (about $204,000 based on the current exchange rate) to build their own testing center at Wardpark Film Studios.  It is located in the parking lot of the studios.

The safety of Outlander’s cast and crew is paramount as they move forward with filming

The Outlander staff will be tested up to three times a week at the new center.  Each rapid test runs about £150 (about $204).  If someone tests positive, they won’t be allowed to work.

Strict measures such as these are the only way that production can go on while the rest of the country is in lockdown.  It’s a huge cost, but it ensures our stars are safe and that there won’t be further delays in filming.

The Daily Record said, “Pre-production for the sixth series began earlier this month and its cast are due to begin filming this month.”  It sounds like Season 6 filming is almost a go!

I, for one, am glad that the Outlander bosses are taking such strong measures to keep the cast and crew safe during the pandemic.

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